YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park hasn't found any of the more than 50 bison that escaped through a cut fence at a containment area where they were being prepared for transfer to the Fort Peck Tribes. Park staff discovered Tuesday that 52 of the animals had escaped the Stephens Creek facility near Gardiner, and the National Park Service has begun a criminal investigation. The bison were being isolated to assure they were free of brucellosis, a disease that can cause livestock to miscarry.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park recorded its second busiest season last year, lagging just behind the record set in 2016. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the park counted about 4.1 million visits in 2017, just shy of the 4.25 million visits the year prior.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming coal company is planning to export coal from its mine in Montana to power two coal-fired plants under construction in Japan. Cloud Peak Energy on Tuesday announced the agreement with Singapore-based JERA Trading to supply the coal over 30 to 40 months beginning at the end 2019. Company officials say the two 540-megawatt plants are being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industrials and convert the coal into a synthetic natural gas.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Motion-sensing wildlife cameras are capturing photos of everything from snow-loving lynx high in the Northern Rockies to pig-like javelinas that roam the desert. Such cameras are getting smaller, cheaper and more reliable. And increasingly, U.S. scientists are using them to study elusive animals. Researchers with the Wyoming Migration Initiative say remote cameras help them fill in gaps as they track the movement of elk, mule deer and antelope in and around Yellowstone National Park.
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